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Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering (Information Revolution and Global Politics)

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"No one had a clear sense of the nature of Internet censorship until now. This extraordinary work maps the unfreedom of the Net. Unfortunately, that state is becoming the norm."
Lawrence Lessig

"In Access Denied an unlikely avant-garde of scholars, lawyers, hacktivists, and computer programmers come together to combat efforts by repressive regimes, corporate firms, and intelligence agencies to surveil, filter, and block the Internet. Through critical analysis, regional surveys, and the use of innovative software, the authors reveal the penumbra of a networked global civil society emerging from the Dark Side's efforts to eclipse the Internet. Everyone who supports open thought and the free flow of information should read Access Denied."
James Der Derian, Director, Global Security Program, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

"The Web provides everybody with access to information. That makes those in power nervous. Transparency is the best defense against further narrowing of information access and the starting point for rolling back existing barriers. Access Denied provides the definitive analysis of government justifications for denying their own people access to some information and also documents global Internet filtering practices on a country-by-country basis. This is timely and important."
Jonathan Aronson, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

About the Author

Ronald Deibert is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.

John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess II Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School and the coauthor of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives.

Rafal Rohozinski is the former Director of the Advanced Network Research Group at Cambridge University (Cambridge Security Programme). He is a principal with The SecDev Group, a global strategy and research analytics firm.

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor at Harvard Law School and the author of The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It.
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Product Details

  • Series: Information Revolution and Global Politics
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262042452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262042451
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,903,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2008
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This is a beautifully put together book in terms of brains, content, presentation, and coverage.

An edited work, with ten primary authors, it actually reflects the collaborative efforts of an international network of collaborators, and can safely be considered the seminal basic reference on this topic.

The first 150 pages include an introduction and six chapters, on measuring global internet filtering, the politics and mechanisms of
control, tools and technology for filtering, filtering and the international system, corporate filtering, and ethics. The rest of the book, 285 pages, is taken up by regional overviews and then country-specific summaries of filtering policy.

The motives for filtering are three: politics & power; social norms & morals, and security concerns.

Two types of filtering occur: announced, and disguised. Announced filters show a blocking page, unannounced filters pretend there was an error. Blocking anc be of entire sites, or specific pages identified by keywords.

The eye-opener for me was that filtering is not just on content, but on capability. Skype and Google Earth are two of the primary capabilities that are being denied to the people around the world by repressive ignorant governments who would rather have perpetual poverty than allow the people to leverage every aspect of the Internet including free global communications.

This is a first class intellectual, social, economic, and political contribution to the literature.

I recommend the following ten books along with this one:
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This is essential reading for anyone studying the methods governments are using to stifle online speech and expression. The contributors provide a regional and country-by-country overview of the global state of online speech controls and discuss the long-term ramifications of increasing government filtering of online networks.

Even if you don't read the whole thing, this is a must-have title for your bookshelf since there is no other resource out there like this. And it should be required reading in every cyberlaw class in America. Importantly, it also contains a very helpful chapter on the mechanics of Net filtering for those not familiar with the technical issues in play here.

Very highly recommended.
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Access Denied

Money wasted! - A lot useless BS.

Don't buy this book if you think you're going to learn anything about the massive spying that is taking place on American citizens by US corporations and organizations. It's my opinion from observations dating back to the 1980s, that the computer as we know it today is designed primarily as a "Information Pump" to observe the habits and mental processes of the average person for political gain and global objectives -- One World Government, if you will.

If you keep a firewall log, then you must know that there is massive intrusions to your privacy.

Access Denied is aptly named because you won't find anything of value concerning protecting your access and privacy. It would be interesting to see the privacy agreement that Microsoft Corp. signed with IBM in the early 1980s. When the IBM personal computer DOS, then later, Microsoft Windows was written by Bill Gates and company Americans were entering the information age in more ways than they could imagine. Why is that you ask? Because around this time you have the seminal beginnings of certain political/power groups taking over America by closely observing each citizen's thought process through computer technology.

With each new version of MS Windows, more people were using computers for Internet browsing as well as using e-mail. Now with Google, Facebook, YouTube and other social sites building profiles on each person and cross-referencing their IP address they know exactly who they are, what they like and what they think.

Americans are gladly sharing much of their personal information, pictures, videos and thoughts.
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Well written and straightforward account of exactly how governments, sometimes in collusion with private business, succeed in censoring information. From overt blocking to surreptitious intimidation, the authors investigate the status of online censorship the world over. I'm specifically interested in Egypt and was happy to see the author hit on most of the key points, though I think the sourcing could have been better. Definitely a worthy reference (though perhaps as an e-book with free updates since I'm sure things will change soon, given the surveys were conducted in 2006!).
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